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Othello

Act I, Scene 1

Venice. A street. Enter RODERIGO and IAGO
 
RODERIGO
       ,        ,           ,         ,        ,     2->
      Never | tell me,| I take | it much | unkind||ly
             ,     ,      ,          ,         ,
      That thou |(Ia|go) who | hast had | my purse
          ,          ,             ,                ,         ,
      As if | the strings | were thine,| shouldst^know | of this.
 
IAGO
             ,           ,         ,   ,   2          ,
      But you'll | not hear | me. If | ever I | did dream
           ,       ,      2   ,
5     Of such | a mat|ter, abhor | me.
 
RODERIGO
                                         ,       ,
                                       Thou | toldst me,
        ,            ,         ,         ,
      Thou didst | hold him | in thy | hate.
 
IAGO
                                                  ,
                                             De|spise me
         ,       ,      T     T     T      2     ,    2->
      If I | do not.| Three great ones | of the ci||ty,
           ,    2     ,         ,        ,         ,      ->
      (In per|sonal suit | to make | me his | lieute||nant)
       ,      ,     2           ,         ,         ,
10    Off-|capped to him:| and by | the faith | of man,
          ,         ,      2     ,          ,         ,
      I know | my price,| I am worth | no worse | a place:
           ,       ,     2     ,      ,          ,         2->
      But he |(as lo|ving his own | pride and | purpo||ses)^
         ,                      ,   ,   ,       ,
      Evades | them, with a // bombast cir|cumstance
       ,           ,            ,    ,         ,
      Horri|bly stuffed | with ep|ithets | of war;
           ,       ,
15    And in | conclu|sion,
      <- ,    ,         ,    ,            ,         ,
        Non|suits my | medi||ators;| for Cer|tes, says | he,
      <- ,       2   ,        ,         ,    ,  ->
         I | have alrea||dy chose | my of|ficer.
            ,         ,
      And what | was he?
           ,         ,        ,     ,    ,
      Forsooth,| a great | arith|meti|cian,
           ,        ,    ,      ,       ,
20    One^Mi|chael Cas|sio,| a Flo|rentine,
          ,       ,         ,              ,    ,
      (A fel|low al|most damned | in a / fair wife)
            ,      ,        ,        ,         ,
      That ne|ver set | a squad|ron in | the field,
       ,           ,       ,      ,        ,
      Nor the | divi|sion of | a bat|tle knows
        ,      2      ,            ,          ,       ,    3  3->
      More than a | spinster.| Unless | the book|ish the||oric,
            ,         ,       ,        ,         ,
25    Wherein | the tongu|ed con|suls can | propose
          ,      ,       ,          ,     2      ,      ,
      As mas|terly | as he:| mere prat|tle (without | practise)
          ,         ,        ,       3  3       ,       2  ,        2->
      Is all | his sol|diership.| But he (sir) had | the elec||tion:
          ,        ,          ,          ,          ,
      And I |(of whom | his eyes | had seen | the proof
            ,         ,        ,       ,         ,
      At Rhodes,| at Cy|prus, and | on o|ther grounds
        ,              ,         ,       2     ,           ,
30    Christian,| and hea|then) must | be be-leed | and calmed
          ,   3   3     ,     ,           ,       ,       ->
      By de|bitor, and cre|ditor.| This coun|ter-cas||ter,
       ,     2       ,          ,         ,       ,
      He |(in good time)| must his | lieute|nant be,
          ,         ,           ,         ,           ,       2->
      And I |(God bless | the mark)| his Moor|ship's^an||cient.
 
RODERIGO
            x        ,     3     3       ,          ,
      By heaven,| I ra|ther would have been | his hang|man.
 
IAGO
      <- ,       ,          ,    ,      2        ,         ,
35      Why,| there's no | reme|dy; 'tis the | curse of | service;
          ,         ,        ,        ,       ,       2->
      Prefer|ment goes | by let|ter, and | affec||tion,
           ,        ,        ,         ,           ,      2->
      And not | by old | grada|tion, where | each se||cond
              ,      2      ,          ,         ,           ,
      Stood^heir | to the first.| Now sir,| be judge | yourself,
         2    ,      ,      ,      ,           ,
      Whether I | in a|ny just | term am | affined
           ,          ,
40    To love | the Moor.
 
RODERIGO
                                    ,   ,     2      ,
                         I would / not fol|low him then.
 
IAGO
      _   ___        ,    ___   oo
      O | sir | content | you.|
        ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      I follow him to serve my turn upon him.
          ,       ,        ,               ,   ,       2->
      We can|not all | be mas|ters, nor / all mas||ters
          ,        ,      ,          ,            ,
45    Cannot | be tru|ly fol|lowed. You | shall mark
       ,  2     ,               ,    ,         ,
      Many a | dute|ous and / knee-crook|ing knave,
        ,    ,        2       ,      ,   2      ,
      That (do/ting on his | own ob|sequious | bondage)
        ,               ,      ,              ,         ,
      Wears out | his time,| much like | his mas|ter's ass,
             ,          ,      ,       3    3      ,          ,
      For nought | but pro|vender,| and when he's old | cashiered:
        ,             ,         ,      ,              ,
50    Whip me | such^hon|est knaves.| Others | there are
             ,           ,          ,    ,        ,     ->
      Who trimmed | in forms | and vi|sages | of du||ty,
        ,       2         ,        ,        ,          ,
      Keep | yet their hearts | atten|ding on | themselves,
            ,      2      ,         ,      3  3        ,
      And throw|ing but shows | of ser|vice on their lords,
      <- ,            ,          ,           ,                ,             ,
        Do well || thrive by | them. And | when they | have lined | their coats
        2       ,         ,      ,              ,          ,
55    Do themselves | homage:| these fel|lows have | some soul;
            ,       ,      3 3     ,        ,          ,
      And such | a one | do I profess | myself.| For (sir)
          ,        ,        ,         ,    ,    2->
      It is | as sure | as you | are Ro|deri||go,
           ,         ,        ,          ,    ,     2->
      Were I | the Moor,| I would | not be | Ia||go:
          ,    2     ,       ,       ,        ,
      In fol|lowing him,| I fol|low but | myself.
       ,    2          ,         ,         ,         ,     2->
60    Heaven is | my judge,| not I | for love | and du||ty,
           ,        ,        ,      ,   2   ,
      But see|ming so,| for my | pecu|liar end:
            ,        ,        ,     2      ,       ,
      For when | my out|ward ac|tion doth de|monstrate
           ,       ,         ,       ,        ,
      The na|tive act | and fi|gure of | my heart
          ,       ,        ,          ,          ,     2->
      In com|pliment | extern,| 'tis not | long af||ter
          ,          ,         ,       ,          ,
65    But I | will wear | my heart | upon | my sleeve
            ,         ,        o    2    ,        2   ,
      For daws | to peck | at;   | I am not | what I am.
 
RODERIGO
                 ,   ,         ,          ,         ,
      What a / full for|tune does | the thick|lips^owe
          ,        ,    2     ,
      If he | can car|ry it thus!
 
IAGO
                                   ,    2       ,
                                 Call up her | father,
        ,               ,    2      ,       ,        ,
70    Rouse him:| make^af|ter him, poi|son his | delight,
           ,          ,          ,          ,           ,      2->
      Proclaim | him in | the streets;| incense | her kins||men,
             ,         ,      ,        ,         ,
      And though | he in | a fer|tile cli|mate dwell,
        ,                 ,              ,         ,        ,
      Plague him | with flies:| though that | his joy | be joy,
            ,            ,       ,      ,        x
      Yet throw | such chan|ges of | vexa|tion on it,
          ,         ,          ,       o
75    As it | may lose | some co|lour.
 
RODERIGO
      <-  ,             ,          ,            ,       ,
        Here is || her fa|ther's house;| I'll call | aloud.
 
IAGO
      <- ,            ,   ,         ,              ,    ,
        Do, with || like tim/orous ac|cent and / dire yell
           ,         ,          ,      ,           ,
      As when |(by night | and neg|ligence)| the fire
           ,         ,     ,     ,
      Is spied | in pop|ulous | cities.
 
RODERIGO
      <-      ,        ,    ,        ,        ,   2    ,
80      What ho:|| Braban|tio,| Signior | Braban|tio, ho.
 
IAGO
         ,          ,       ,           ,        ,
      Awake:| what ho,| Braban|tio:/ thieves, thieves.
        ,              ,            ,         ,           ,
      Look to | your house,| your daugh|ter, and | your bags,
         T        T
      Thieves, thieves.
 
[BRABANTIO appears above, at a window]
 
BRABANTIO
                          T      2     ,       ,         ,     2
                        What | is the rea|son of | this ter||rible
       ,          ,       2     ,        ,
85    Sum|mons?  What | is the mat|ter there?
 
RODERIGO
      <-     ,         ,          ,    ,       ,
        Signior || is all | your fam|ily | within?
 
IAGO
      <- ,            T      T
        Are your || doors locked?
 
BRABANTIO
                                  T      ,          ,         __
                                 Why,| wherefore | ask you | this?
 
IAGO
       T      T      T           ,          ,          ,
      Sir, you're robbed;| for shame,| put on | your gown,
             ,          ,                  ,    ,           ,
90    Your heart | is burst,| you have / lost half | your soul;
       2    ,     ,     2     ,         T    T    T
      Even now,| now, very | now, an | old black ram
          ,                ,    ,       ,       ,
      Is top|ping your / white ewe.| Arise,| arise;
         ,          ,        ,     ,        2      ,
      Awake | the snor|ting ci|tizens | with the bell,
           ,         ,    2       ,        ,         ,        2->
      Or else | the de|vil will make | a grand|sire^of || you:
         ,       ,
95    Arise | I say.
 
BRABANTIO
                      ,                ,           ,
                    What, have | you lost | your wits?
 
RODERIGO
            ,    2         ,    ,         ,         ,
      Most rev|erend sig/nior, do | you know | my voice?
 
BRABANTIO
          ,         ,        2
      Not I:| what are | you?
 
RODERIGO
                                    ,        ,    ,     o ->
                               My name | is Ro|deri||go.
 
BRABANTIO
           ,       ,
100   The wor|ser wel|come:
      <- ,           ,             ,         ,        ,         ,     oo
         I | have charged || thee not | to haunt | about | my doors:|
          ,        ,          ,           ,         ,
      In ho|nest plain|ness thou | hast heard | me say
           ,      2    ,          ,         ,        ,       3->
      My daugh|ter is not | for thee;| and now | in mad||ness
         3     ,        ,       ,        ,    2        ,
      (Being full | of sup|per and | distem|pering draughts)
        ,       ,        ,    2     ,           ,
105   Upon | mali|cious bra|very, dost | thou come
           ,         ,
      To start | my qui|et.
 
RODERIGO
                            ,    ___   ___
                           Sir,| sir,| sir.
 
BRABANTIO
            ,           ,          ,
      But thou | must^needs | be sure
          ,       ,          ,           ,          x
      My spi|rit and || my place | have in | them power
      <-     ,          ,        ,
110     To make | this bit||ter to | thee.
 
RODERIGO
                                            ,          ,     ,
                                           Pa|tience good | sir.
 
BRABANTIO
                ,            ,       ,          ,        ,
      What | tellst thou || me of | robbing?| This is | Venice;
      <-     ,          ,         ,
        My house || is not | a grange.
 
RODERIGO
                                              ,         ,    ,
                                       Most^grave | Braban|tio,
          ,              ,    ,        ,        ,
115   In sim|ple and / pure soul | I come | to you.
 
IAGO
Sir: you are one of those that will not serve God, if the devil bid you. Because we come to do you service and you think we are ruffians, you'll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse; you'll have your nephews neigh to you; you'll have coursers for cousins and gennets for germans.
 
BRABANTIO
What profane wretch art thou?
 
IAGO
I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.
 
BRABANTIO
Thou art a villain.
 
IAGO
You are a senator.
 
BRABANTIO
This thou shalt answer; I know thee, Roderigo.
 
RODERIGO
        ,   2        ,       ,  2        ,   2     ,
      Sir, I will | answer | anything.| But I be|seech you
        2    ,          ,               ,    ,         ,
      If it be | your plea|sure and / most wise | consent,
            ,    2    ,        ,       2       ,      ,
      (As part|ly I find | it is)| that your fair | daughter,
                 ,  ,             ,    ,       2      ,
      At this / odd-e|ven and / dull watch | of the night,
            ,        ,         ,          ,        ,
120   Transpor|ted with | no worse | nor bet|ter guard
         3    3    ,         ,        ,       ,      ,
      But with a knave | of com|mon hire,| a gon|dolier,
                 ,      ,      ,         ,   2     ,
      To the / gross clasps | of a | lasci|vious Moor:
           ,         ,         ,          ,       ,       ->
      If this | be known | to you | and your | allow||ance,
       ,       2       ,          ,         ,        ,
      We | then have done | you bold | and sau|cy wrongs;
           ,         ,          ,        ,         ,       2->
125   But if | you know | not this,| my man|ners tell || me
           ,           ,         ,        ,        ,
      We have | your wrong | rebuke.| Do not | believe
             ,          ,         ,       ,    ,
      That from | the sense | of all | civi|lity,
          ,            ,         ,     3    3      ,    2     o
      I thus | would play | and tri|fle with your rev|erence:
             ,         ,               ,    x           ,
      Your daugh|ter (if | you have / not given | her leave,
         ,       ,           ,        ,         ,
130   I say | again,| hath made | a gross | revolt;
       ,   2       ,       ,       ,         ,
      Tying her | duty,| beauty,| wit and | fortunes
        3  2   ,      ,          ,         ,      2
      In an extra|vagant | and whee|ling stran|ger
      <-     ,          ,       ,        ,      ,              ,
        Of here || and ev|ery where.| Straight sat/isfy^|yourself:
          ,        ,         ,       ,          ,
      If she | be in | her cham|ber or | your house,
            ,         ,        ,        ,         ,
135   Let loose | on me | the jus|tice of | the state
            ,       ,     2
      For thus | delu|ding you.
 
BRABANTIO
                                  ,       2     ,        ,
                               Strike | on the tin|der, ho:
        ,    2     ,        ,        ,        ,
      Give me a | taper:| call up | all my | people,
            ,     ,        ,        ,         ,
      This ac|cident | is not | unlike | my dream,
          ,        ,       ,       ,      ,      ->
140   Belief | of it | oppres|ses me | alrea||dy.
        ,        ,      ,
      Light,| I say,| light.
 
[Exit above]
 
IAGO
                                    ,      3 3         ,
                             Fare|well: for I must | leave you:
           ,           ,          ,         ,        ,
      It seems | not meet,| nor whole|some to | my place,
          ,        ,        ,       ,        ,
      To be | produced (as if | I stay,| I shall)
          ,           ,        ,        ,          ,
145   Against | the Moor.| For I | do know | the state,
          ,       ,          ,          ,           ,
      (Howe|ver this | may gall | him with | some check)
       ,    2         ,        ,              ,         ,
      Cannot with | safety | cast him,| for he's | embarked
             ,          ,       ,        ,        ,
      With such | loud^rea|son to | the Cy|prus wars,
             ,    2       ,         ,          ,            ,
      (Which^e|ven now stands | in act)| that for | their souls,
        ,       ,        ,        ,           ,
150   Ano|ther of | his fa|thom they | have none,
           ,           ,         o        ,         ,
      To lead | their bus|iness:   | in which | regard,
             ,        ,                 ,   ,    ,
      Though I | do hate | him as I // do hell-pains.
       ,            ,     ,       ,         ,
      Yet, for | neces|sity | of pre|sent life,
          ,          ,        ,          ,         ,
      I must | show^out | a flag | and sign | of love,
           3  3    ,          ,      ,     2          ,        ,
155   Which^is indeed | but sign.| That you shall | surely | find him,
        ,            ,     ,   2     ,         ,
      Lead to | the Sa|gitta|ry the rai|sed search;
            ,          ,        ,          ,         ,
      And there | will I | be with | him. So | farewell.
 
[Exit. Enter, below, BRABANTIO, and Servants with torches]
 
BRABANTIO
          ,         ,       ,        ,         ,
      It is | too true | an e|vil. Gone | she is,
            ,           ,        ,      ,        ,
      And what's | to come | of my | despi|sed time
            ,          ,       ,         ,    ,     ->
160   Is nought | but bit|terness.| Now Ro|deri||go,
        ,          2      ,          ,      ,       ,
      Where | didst thou see | her? (O | unhap|py girl)
          2      ,      ,            ,           ,      ,
      With the Moor | sayst thou?| (Who would | be a | father?)
            ,            ,           ,     ,    2     ,
      How didst | thou know | 'twas she?| (O she de|ceives me
              ,              ,       2    ,     ,          ,
      Past^thought:)| What said | she to you?| Get more | tapers:
             ,        ,         ,          ,          ,          ->
165   Raise^all | my kin|dred. Are | they mar|ried, think || you?
 
RODERIGO
       ,    2    ,           ,
      Tru|ly I think | they are.
 
BRABANTIO
      <-     x          ,          ,        ,     3  3      ,
        O heaven:| how got || she out?| O trea|son of the blood.
      <- ,               ,             ,           ,           ,
        Fathers,| from hence || trust not | your daugh|ters' minds
      <-     ,         ,           ,         ,            ,
        By what | you see || them act.| Is there | not charms,
      <-     ,          ,       ,        ,           ,    ,
170     By which | the pro||perty | of youth | and maid|hood
      <-       ,      ,            ,         __     ,    ,
        May | be a||bused? Have | you not | read | Rode|rigo,
           ,      T    T
      Of some | such thing?
 
RODERIGO
                             T     ,           2    ,
                            Yes | sir: I | have indeed.
 
BRABANTIO
        ,    2      ,         ,          ,         ,
      Call up my | brother:| oh would | you had | had her.
        T   T   T        2  ,        ,         ,
175   Some one way,| some^ano|ther. Do | you know
             ,        ,      ,         ,          ,
      Where we | may ap|prehend | her and | the Moor?
 
RODERIGO
          ,        ,        ,      ,      2       ,
      I think | I can | disco|ver him,| if you please,
          ,            ,          ,      ,          ,
      To get | good* guard | and go | along | with me.
 
BRABANTIO
        ,              ,      ,        ,            ,
      Pray you | lead^on.| At e|very house | I'll call;
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180   (I may | command | at most)| Get wea|pons (ho)
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      And raise | some spe|cial of|ficers | of night.
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      On good | Rode|rigo:| I'll deserve | your pains.
 
[Exeunt]

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